that obligatory resolution post…

new years goals from A resolution is such a funny idea to me. It seems that word is almost always paired with new year’s, and forgotten by most before the end of January. So, today I’m sharing some of my goals for the new year. It’s nothing so concrete as “loose a pound a week,” or “get 8 hours of sleep every night,” but I want to share my thoughts with you. This is in part for my own accountability, but also in hopes that this reflection helps you too . . .

It’s been nearly two years now since I’ve made the leap into self-employment. It has overall been a very positive experience, and one that I’ve learned a lot from. However, I’ve really relied on contract work to make my money. Although this has financially made sense, I’m not going to do that anymore. This year I intend to focus wholly on my own business. My own little design studio is where I see long term growth potential, and the ability to create the job I want for myself. I’m looking for a studio outside of the home to call my own, will finally be incorporating my business, and updating my sadly neglected online portfolio (It’s been over a year, which is just absurd, I know).

While I do intend to incorporate yoga back into my lifestyle, that’s not really what I’m talking about. I get very set in my expectations, which often results in disappointment. This year I hope to become more adaptable, and not allow an unexpected result to be confused with an undesirable one.

I’m sure you’ve heard the Teddy Roosevelt quote, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” I can’t tell you how much that resonated with me, and how much I wish it didn’t. I find myself often comparing where I am to others, and that energy needs to be refocused. I hope to take those feelings of jealousy and dissatisfaction, and put that effort towards raising myself up and celebrating my own success.

Last, but not least, I’m going to take a page from the Joy Cho playbook and also share one thing that I did well this past year, and plan to continue…

This time last year, I’d sit down in front of my computer for the entire day, and frequently feeling discouraged by how little I’d gotten done. I’d get distracted by social media, and unsure where to start if I didn’t have client work with a firm deadline.
Over the past year, I’ve realized that I’m actually more productive when I have a full schedule. Having more commitments to work around keeps me motivated, and determined to get things done in the amount of time I’ve allotted. Writing a list of my daily goals helps me do this. For the blog, I try to keep an editorial calendar. I don’t always stick to it exactly, but I find it helpful to have post ideas outlined for the month. I’m proud of how far my time management skills have come in the course of a year.

I’m pleased to kiss 2013 goodbye, and move on to bigger and better things in ’14! What goals do you have in mind to get your year started off right?

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6 thoughts on “that obligatory resolution post…

  1. susan

    Congrats on the big biz goals for 2014, and I need to work on a few of these myself. Working on my obligatory resolution post too. 😉
    Comparison is the thief of joy!

    1. Sarah Post author

      I feel like you and I are in similar boats, Susan! I want to do everything (be with my daughter, have a successful business, etc.) but I need to make some changes in my life to add a bit more balance. This year the focus is taking the growth of my business more seriously!

  2. Margo

    Ha- many of these things are subconsciously on my list this year too. I know that I need to focus my energy on what I’m doing and not what others are doing… I’m going to try and look at those who are more successful than me and imagine myself in their shoes instead of feeling jealous. Accountability is my biggest issue- I am focusing this year on holding myself more accountable. I created a time sheet for my business. My goal is to spend 40 hours per week on design, and I clock myself in and out just like any other job. It’s been working so far-hopefully it will last!


    1. Sarah Post author

      Thanks for sharing, Margo! Creating a “time clock” for yourself sounds like a great idea, I may have to follow your lead on that one!

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